The scheme forms part of London Borough of Camden's £41m ‘West End project', to regenerate the Tottenham Court Road (TCR) area from Euston Road to Cambridge Circus, providing a new high quality environment.
The masterplan aims to reduce congestion and pollution, creating more pedestrian friendly spaces with widened footways, tree lined streets and protected cycle lanes. This requires the introduction of two way traffic on Tottenham Court Road to ensure bus routes are simpler and faster. A key centrepiece of the scheme is the new public space created between Centre Point through the closure of Andrew Board Street and St Giles High Street, which provides a key new connection between Oxford Street and Covent Garden, also designed by Rick Mather Architects.
As part of the West End project, London Underground are carrying out highways and urban realm upgrades around the station pavilions. Rick Mather Architects have developed a previous outline scheme in consultation with London Underground, Transport for London, London Borough of Camden and City of Westminster providing detailed design and construction support. This phase of works will be complete by 2017, with the wider project delivered in time for the opening of Crossrail in 2018, when it is predicted that Tottenham Court Road station will be a busier interchange than Heathrow.
Historically, this area has been dominated by busy roads with narrow and cluttered pavements restricting pedestrian movements. The existing station has four exits on corners of the crossing which the station proposals rationalise with new entrance pavilions to improve flows around the station. The highways proposals realign the existing junction and provide a new diagonal crossing to improve connections between Oxford Street, New Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross Road. The detailed design includes a temporary and permanent pavement design to facilitate a phased approach due to the complex construction constraints. The unique central location has offered the opportunity for bespoke design approach for street furniture with RMA developing bespoke pre-cast concrete benches and bespoke illuminated bollards.
The new TCR Crossrail Station has acted as a catalyst for the development of the surrounding site and Rick Mather Architects have played a key role leading the co-ordination of the emerging site parameters and level design. Neighbouring developments around the station site include Centre Point redevelopment (Rick Mather Architects), Consolidated developments' ‘Urban Gallery' and Derwent London's No 1 Oxford Street. RMA have led the exchange of information and meetings to ensure the success of future phases and cohesion of the wider scheme.
Taylor Woodrow BAM Nuttall Joint-venture (London Underground's Contractor)
St Giles, London
7,000 sqm approx
Due early 2017